Hungry Ghosts Mao's Secret Famine
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Description: In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Chinese people suffered what may have been the worst famine in history. Over thirty million perished in a grain shortage brought on not by flood, drought, or infestation, but by the insanely irresponsible dictates of Chairman Mao Ze-dong's "Great Leap Forward," an attempt at utopian engineering gone horribly wrong. Journalist Jasper Becker conducted hundreds of interviews and spent years immersed in painstaking detective work to produce Hungry Ghosts, the first full account of this dark chapter in Chinese history. In this horrific story of state-sponsored terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder, China's communist leadership boasted of record harvests and actually increased grain exports, while refusing imports and international assistance. With China's reclamation of Hong Kong now a fait accompli, removing the historical blinders is more timely than ever. As reviewer Richard Bernstein wrote in the New York Times, "Mr. Becker's remarkable book...strikes a heavy blow against willed ignorance of what took place."
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/15/1998
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
|The Year Zero|
|China: Land of Famine|
|Arise, Ye Prisoners of Starvation|
|The Soviet Famine|
|The First Collectivization, 1949-1958|
|False Science, False Promises|
|Mao Ignores the Famine|
|An Overview of the Famine|
|Henan: A Catastrophe of Lies|
|Anhui: Let's Talk about Fengyang|
|The Other Provinces|
|The Panchen Lama's Letter|
|In the Prison Camps|
|The Anatomy of Hunger|
|Life in the Cities|
|Liu Shaoqi Saves the Peasants|
|Mao's Failure and His Legacy|
|How Many Died?|
|How to Record the Annals of a Place?|
|The Western Failure|
|Appendix: Biographical Sketches|